Former UNC guard Deja Kelly commits to Oregon for final year of eligibility

Deja Kelly is transferring from UNC to Oregon as the Ducks rebuild after a disappointing year

BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA - FEBRUARY 25: Deja Kelly #25 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts in the first half during a game against the Virginia Tech Hokies  at Cassell Coliseum on February 25, 2024 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Ryan Hunt/Getty Images)
Deja Kelly announced Monday that she's chosen to transfer to Oregon. (Photo by Ryan Hunt/Getty Images)

Deja Kelly, the former North Carolina guard who entered the transfer portal in last week, has committed to Oregon for her final year of eligibility. ESPN's Alexa Philippou first reported the news, which was confirmed by Kelly herself just five minutes later.

The four-year starter, who still has one year remaining due to the COVID freebie year, led her team in scoring for three seasons, and was also named All-ACC three times. She averaged 15.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game over four years, and 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists last season.

Kelly, who started all four years at UNC, is a big get for the Ducks, and one they sorely need. Not only is Oregon moving to the Big Ten next season, but several players from their 2023-2024 squad entered the transfer portal, including Kennedy Basham, Grace VanSlooten and Chance Gray.

That's a pretty big exodus of players, but it makes more sense in context. Oregon had a difficult year, finishing 11-22 with a 2-17 record in the now-collapsed Pac-12. The Ducks' season ended with a 14-game losing streak.

To replace those players he's lost, head coach Kelly Graves has added six new players (including Texas' Amina Muhammad, Washington's Ari Long, and UC Santa Barbara's Alexis Whitfield), with Kelly being the seventh.